lurcher collie lab mix

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bouncealeen Sun 05-May-19 16:02:02

DH has spotted a young rescue dog on a website which is thought to be lurcher/collie/lab, any thoughts on this particular mix? I know MN loves lurchers, my reservation has actually always been that they aren't quite active enough for us, we want a dog that can do long walks off lead etc. But perhaps the collie element would bring a bit more dynamism? Grateful for any thoughts. Thanks.

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 05-May-19 16:08:08

Why not enquire with the rescue? I would suspect that the collie and lab elements would provide more stamina.

You could even ask if you could take the dog out for the sort of long walk you envisage - bearing in mind that the dog may be quite unfit now but get much fitter with exercise post adoption (when I first met my little rescue, he struggled to get up onto a bed about 40cm off the floor. He now jumps up about 90cm with no real difficulty... He's far fitter now)

lurker75 Sun 05-May-19 16:10:35

I have a lurched/collie cross, he's fantastic. Very energetic, will walk for miles.

lurker75 Sun 05-May-19 16:11:13


SuperLoudPoppingAction Sun 05-May-19 16:13:58

I have an 18-month-old greyhound.
She loves long walks.

We have the odd sit-down every hour or so.

She's quite happy lounging around but equally up for a walk.

LunaFortuna Sun 05-May-19 16:15:06

I had a lurcher collie cross - most fabulous dog you could ask for. Definitely more energetic than my current sighthound who has to have an especially long nap just to get over the strain of eating breakfast.

bouncealeen Sun 05-May-19 16:18:02

Avocado, I will of course ask them about but I have a wailing grumpy 3 year old with a chest infection on my knee, I can post on MN but a phone call is beyond me right now!

Nice to hear about active sighthound types, thanks.

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lablewhore Sun 05-May-19 16:18:33

my son has a rescue that is a collie/lab and we think another breed mix ( possibly GS??) He is an active dog, calmer now he is nearing 4, but remarkably intelligent, attentive and totally trainable. He is a dream dog - the only thing I would say is he needs human company ( disinterested in other dogs), lots of walks and intelligent play. I totally adore him and we will def. be looking for this kind of mix when getting one further down the line. I would say the ONLY drawback would be that as he is so bright, they remember things/instances VERY well ( someone at work only need to give him a treat ONCE and he will remember that and them) and when he first had him, he was scared stiff of AC units and bulldogs. So you may want to know his history? He was also sad ( his tail stayed down) for the first few months as he was so unsettled, but now he is a really happy, lovable dog. Also doesn't smell doggy (although his feet smell like popcorn), he is funny, endearing and cheeky. Good luck and post a pic!

tabulahrasa Sun 05-May-19 16:20:34

I’d expect that mix to be pretty active tbh (as much as you can guess with something that mixed)

Lurchers are usually crossed with something for stamina anyway and much more lively than just straight sighthounds, labs are fairly active and then of course collies...

So I’d be expecting something pretty lively, possibly even too lively for a lot of people.

Wolfiefan Sun 05-May-19 16:25:18

They may not rehome with a three year old. Especially a mix with collie in it. Worth seeing if the dog is suitable for your family.

CMOTDibbler Sun 05-May-19 20:17:37

My lurchers are very active - we go running and mountain biking with them, and they will happily run 13 miles with me, and neither has collie. I have fostered a fab greyhound x bearded collie pup and he was very active and needed a lot more stimulation than I am used to. The rescue do find that collie x types are very prone to coming back as people underestimate the input they need - you have to assume it will be as bad as having a full collie.

Whackaguacamole Sun 05-May-19 20:24:49

Ours has collie in him, will play ball for hours and hike 15 miles with us - though he's shattered afterward. Only thing he's not the best in is hot weather but I don't think you'd want to overdo it with any dog if it's boiling

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